Taiwan becomes the first Asian nation to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote on Friday. The island’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry in 2017. The parliament were then given two years deadline to pass the changes by 24 May. Three different bills to legalise same-sex unions and the most progressive of the three was passed.
Hundreds of gay rights supporters gathered outside the parliament building in Taipei to remark the ruling. Shouts and gestures of jubilations could be seen clearly when the result was announced.
WHAT THE BILL ENTAILS
Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry in 2017. They further said then they need to take two years to make necessary changes to the law.
This however received a lot of backlash from the majority of the voters.
In response to this the government promised not to change the meaning and stands of marriage in its law as a union of a man and woman. It however decided to enact new laws for same-sex marriage.
REACTIONS SO FAR
The development has so far been welcomed by lots of Taiwanese, seeing the result as a win for marriage equality.
“What a tremendous victory for LGBT rights!” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
“Taiwan’s action today should sound a clarion call, kicking off a larger movement across Asia to ensure equality for LGBT people.”
Earlier on Friday, Ms Tsai said in a tweet that the island had taken “a big step towards true equality” with the vote.
The conservative opponents were however angered by the vote. Tseng Hsien-ying, from the Coalition for the Happiness of Our Next Generation, told AFP news agency the vote had “trampled on Taiwanese people’s expectations that a marriage and a family is formed by a man and a woman, a husband and a wife”.